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Kicking off the second half of Deadly Destinations (that’s right, our trip is half over. Have you missed any?) is Sidney Ayers and we’re visiting the Michigan from her new Demons Unleashed paranormal romance series which debuted last month with DEMONS PREFER BLONDES. Thanks to Sidney and the fine folks at Sourcebooks Casablanca, four of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book & a one will win a $20 giftcard! See details below
Sidney Ayers’s Guide to Michigan
Why Michigan? That’s a question I get when discussing the setting for my debut release, Demons Prefer Blondes. My response is “Why not?” People always say to write what you know. Truth is, being the daughter of a Dutch immigrant, my life as kid was quite frugal. Our trips consisted of places of interest that were within driving distance. The closest I’ve gotten to England was a college study trip that unfortunately got cancelled due to lack of interest.
I’ve lived in Michigan for -umm–a long time. I know it well. Then again, Michigan and I have a love hate relationship. I love it in the summer, when those flowers bloom and I can bask in the warm glow of the sun. And then there’s winter. Snow is pretty for the first couple of days. After about two months, though I’m ready to ship the fluff elsewhere. I wrote Demons Prefer Blondes in the winter, which leaves the reader with a very interesting picture of Michigan’s colder months.
But now that it’s summer, I just want to dispel those rumors. Apparently a lot of people think that Michigan is in the Arctic tundra or something. I was chatting online with someone from California the other day. When I told him I was from Michigan, he said, “Wow. Isn’t it cold there?”
“Only in winter,” I replied.
“Oh. I thought Michigan was in the north.” I’m glad this was an online chat, or he would have heard my snort.
He still seemed kind of confused and I didn’t have the patience or the expertise to explain that our lovely northern state is actually rather humid due to the large bodies of water that surround it. Why-oh-why did I never pursue that career in meteorology?
Oh, and here’s a random bit of useless knowledge. Michigan’s coastline is the longest in the country. How you ask? We have an Upper and lower peninsula, both are surrounded by Lakes Michigan, Superior and Huron. Cool, huh?
And then there’s Connolly Park, the small suburban town where Demons Prefer Blondes is set. The town itself is fictional, but it is based on my home town. I’ve changed some street names and places of interest to protect the innocent. If you’re familiar with this area of west Michigan, you’ll be able to figure out which small suburban town I’ve based Connolly Park on. It was my way of giving a nod to my quaint community. Don’t get me wrong. I’m proud of my town but wanted to give it some anonymity. Coming up with creative names was a fun and refreshing and made writing the book even more enjoyable. I hope you all enjoy reading Demons Prefer Blondes as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About Sidney Ayers
For those who are morbidly curious…
Sidney Ayers loves infusing her stories with humor. What would the world be without a little bit of laughter? She writes a plethora of genres, ranging from historical, to paranormal, to contemporary.
A native of Michigan, Sidney still lives in the same town she grew up in. No matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to get away. Michigan is in her blood.
Right now, Sidney is currently working on the 3rd book in the Demons Unleashed series of humorous paranormal romances. It stars quirky demoness and jack-of-all-trades, Kalli Corapolous and cardiologist, Joshua Carlson. Hell is unleashed in the most odd, not to mention inopportune, places.
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Giveaway provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca & Sidney Ayers
4 copies of DEMONS PREFER BLONDES by Sidney Ayers, one will be signed, and a $20 giftcard
Available now from Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Creepy antique chest? $100
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A BAD DAY FOR A DEMON…
Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it ends up in the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus, Lucy Gregory, and she’s just unleashed a whole load of trouble…
REALLY SUCKS FOR A SUCCUBUS…
Lucy’s chic suburban salon has suddenly become the Underworld’s center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who’s adamant he can help her…
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